Maj. Gen. Mel Spiese, USMC (ret) and Catherine Carr, Doctors Without Borders, share insights about leadership development under challenging conditions at the Network Leadership Summit, August 9.
What’s the ROI of leadership development? It all depends on your organization’s desired outcome, according to the thought leaders and panelists who participated in Execute to Win’s inaugural Network Leadership Summit in early April.At the event, Phoenix business executives and HR leaders dispensed—and received—valuable insights about leadership development and how supporting a companywide culture of value creation builds effective leaders beyond the C-suite. The highest rate of return for any investment in leadership development, everyone agreed, comes when a business is performing exceptionally well at all levels; when employees love their jobs and are productive, and when their communities are better off because of it.
Developing Leaders with Heart, Humanity
Asked what makes great leaders, CEO/panelists David Adame (Chicanos Por La Causa), Matt Likens (GT Medical Technologies), Adam Goodman (Goodmans Interior Structures) and Lee Benson (Execute to Win) identified “integrity,” “authenticity,” “humility” and “resiliency,” respectively, as their one-word definitions. Two international leadership development experts, Catherine Carr and Mel Spiese, then shared stories from the field about how those traits are continually put to the test—and further developed—under such challenging conditions as global medical care and military operations, where changing personnel is constant.
Thought leaders Brian Smith and John Sigmon then delivered more tangible ideas on how to assess and further grow leadership skills and abilities from the top-down, and laterally. And Benson moderated a workshop in which attendees worked through their own goal-setting exercises using ETW’s methodology.
Positive Reviews and Tangible Takeaways
Asked what they liked most about the event, one attendee remarked, “Each speaker offered real tips that could be implemented swiftly.”
Benson, who kicked off the morning with a short acoustic-guitar set, agreed. “There were so many great takeaways to improve the effectiveness of leadership development programs,” he said. “Having an intentional approach really resonated with everyone.”
Want to Know More?
The April 9 Network Leadership Summit was just the beginning. ETW expects to host future similar events again in Phoenix as well as around the country. In the meantime, you can view or download this presentation deck for reference and inspiration here: http://bit.ly/etwnetworkdeck